Moon-Safari said:(Disclaimer: I posted in this section because this is a Tomb Raider Current Events topic and I want the conversation centered on the ongoing relationship between Uncharted and the future of Tomb Raider. No need to move or complain. Thanks.)
The gameplay demo of Uncharted 4 from the Playstation Experience just aired Live. It starts out with a scenic camera pan from a coastal cliff looking out into the ocean as waves crash into jagged rocks. This is a CLEAR nod to the reboot. Instead of emerging from a cave like Lara, Drake then goes down into one.
In this cave is a hanging skeleton from a rock wall. Another nod to how Lara begins the reboot hanging upside down. "Tall lanky person with dumb ideas about a treasure", Drake remarks (Reference to TRU Lara model?). Drake climbs up the rock wall to the foot of this upside down hanging skeleton, and just like a scene out of TR2013 where Lara reaches out to grab the bow off a corpse, dropping the body to the floor but acquiring new gear, It seems Drake follows the same tradition, but since this skeleton is supposed to be Lara, naturally the gear drake acquires is a makeshift pick-ax.
With his newly acquired climbing gear, Drake approaches a craggly wall that looks exactly like the ones in the reboot, and proceeds to free climb using his new pick-ax.
There's also a feature notably borrowed from past tomb raiders, the grappling hook. It's seen hanging from his hip and is seamlessly used rather fluidly, without any break in gameplay.
The whole demo felt like an amalgamation of all the best features from the last 4 Tomb Raider games in one package. With a less stiff move-set than past Uncharted games, and also more open, less linear environments, this could have very well been a spiritual successor to the reboot (besides that the hand to hand combat and stealth was very much more fleshed out than an average Tomb Raider game). Moving forward, Tomb Raider has it's work cut out for it. I saw nothing in that demo that Tomb Raider hasn't done first and couldn't do better again. If comparisons between these two franchise were unwarranted before, they are sure fair to make now.
How do you think the next tomb raider game will respond to this and do you think the appropriations and advancements Uncharted 4 has made on the reboot's formula would be an appropriate direction for future games?
What a strange way to summerize a demo